Tune in with Baroque cellist Shirley Hunt for the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn, which features highly acclaimed musicians performing music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Admission is $20 for adults and is available at the door only via cash or check (no credit cards). To inspire early appreciation for the arts, children under 16 are admitted free.
Shirley Hunt entertains and educates with a fascinating and beautiful recital featuring early compositions for the cello performed in a variety of historical tuning systems. Her colorful “Scordatura and More” program opens with Giuseppe Colombi’s lively Ciaccona, a ground bass that becomes increasingly ornate with each repetition. This charming 17th century work along with the two Ricecare by Domenico Gabrielli are performed in a scordatura tuning, in which the cello’s top string is lowered one whole step. Sonata No. 2 by Domenico Galli, a talented instrument maker and poet as well as a composer, was likely intended for a Bb-F-c-g tuning — while Francesco Paolo Supriani and Giuseppe Maria Dall’Abaco’s works call for the standard C-G-d-a tuning. J.S. Bach’s celebrated Suite No. 5 in C minor, the only non-Italian work on the program, returns to a resonant scordatura to close the recital.
Incredible music and architectural beauty combine to create a unique concert experience at the Byron Colby Barn. The Byron Colby Barn is located at 1561 Jones Point Road in Grayslake, inside the Prairie Crossing conservation community. From I-94 north, exit Route 120 west, turn south at Route 45, then right at Jones Point Road. Ample free parking is located in the parking lot adjacent to the Barn. Audience members are welcome to bring a bottle of wine to share with friends during performances. Click here to learn more about the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn.
Shirley Hunt brings fierce imagination and integrity to the music of the Renaissance and Baroque eras on both the cello and viola da gamba. Praised by The Strad as “stylish and accomplished,” she embraces an eclectic life as a multi-instrumental soloist and collaborator. Ms. Hunt is a member of New York’s Sonnambula Viols, Boston’s Musical Offering, Bradamante Cello Duo, and Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble – a chamber-jazz quintet. She has performed and recorded with North America’s leading period instrument ensembles, including Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, Bach Collegium San Diego, and Boston Baroque. Ms. Hunt recently released J.S. Bach Suites & Sonatas Volume One, the first installment in an ambitious three-part series featuring Bach’s complete cello suites and viola da gamba sonatas. Early Music America called the disc “a fine debut and one with promise for future projects.” Facts & Arts noted her “soulful renditions,” “high-wire interpretations,” and “resonant, singing tone that stays in the mind.”